What would change if Erdogan lost Turkey's presidential election?

Earthquakes and inflation make the longtime incumbent vulnerable

Turkish President Erdogan.
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan faces "his greatest electoral challenge yet" in the May 14 presidential election against opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the Financial Times reports. Erdogan is a "charismatic strongman who has towered over the country's politics for two decades," but his rule has been undermined by a cost-of-living crisis and his government's fumbling response to a devastating February earthquake that killed more than 46,000 people.

The results of the election may reverberate throughout the region. Under Erdogan, "Turkey's role as a regional and international power broker has grown substantially," The Washington Post reports. But the race is expected to be close. "Erdogan controls most major media outlets and is a highly effective campaigner," notes Axios. Why is Erdogan facing possible ouster? And what might it mean for the rest of the world?

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